New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing CompanyNew Glarus Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

2400 Hwy 69
New Glarus, Wisconsin, 53574
United States

(608) 527-5850 | map
newglarusbrewing.com

Notes:
Gift Shop/Tasting Room
Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Free Self Guided Tours
Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hard Hat Tour - Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
40
Reviews:
10,931
Ratings:
42,045
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.6/5
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
443
pDev:
10.43%
 
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Ratings: 443 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of larryarms847
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Love this brewery, it sits on a hill and overlooks a beautiful hilly part of Wisconsin. The quality is just superb. The service was about what I expected and the selection is great for people looking for a variety of styles.

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Photo of Half-full
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MJSFS
4.1/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Foxman27
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BSEDS
3.5/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of jjnelsen418
1/5  rDev -78.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What an odd spectacle, the crowning brewery on a hill. Great experience to walk through the brew space. The beer choices are extensive, a full range of styles that offer traditional to somewhat odd-ball, but always carefully designed and a piece of the total vision of the brewery. Been trying for years to make this trip, and now that i have, I am wondering when I can next return.

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Photo of jkaczinski
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of County33
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.25/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Wow, is this place a wonderland or what? It's like a theme park.

No really, I mean, it's almost MORE kid-friendly than it is a beer sanctuary. I'm sure it wouldn't keep the little ones busy for very long, but there's all sorts of things to see for a short visit. You might start by parking in the lawn to the left of the driveway because you see a car or two parked there already, but it might seem a bit odd being this far away from wherever the entrance is. So you head up the mulched walkway that meanders uphill through the woods and opens to a view of the enormous main..."visitors building" with a bustlingly full parking lot--and forgive me, but this was my first time here and I had absolutely no indication this place was such a massive compound! There are multiple buildings further to its left, and all of them are huge. Everything on their website seems so humble and quaint, I had no idea. Anyway, getting back to what else there is to see, when you walk in you can go straight and to the left for a bottle shop (which just so happened to have pallets and pallets of R&D waiting for us when we arrived), or upstairs to the absolutely massive beer garden. Depending on the day, they might have alpenhorn players by the steampunk looking, multi-nozzle rinsing station, and if not, the bells above the beer garden entrance will chime at the half and full hours, and they're real bells, ho boy! I mean, is it clear yet that I had no idea whatsoever what I was walking into?

You must purchase tickets to drink beer, which just adds to the theme park-vibe of this place. Once you get your very well-made but mostly classic German-style beers, you can plop down nearby under the hop bine trellises. Or you can go for a nature walk, further into the multi-level garden which is spiked with faux-ancient and worn down walls inspired by- I don't know what because they otherwise look modern and new.

It's a neat place, but with all the beer flowing through the massive compound, (and you can take yourself on a self-guided tour to see the insane amount of plumbing in this place), you'd think they'd offer more than 5 beers on draft. I don't know if this is a Wisconsin law issue, or something they impose upon themselves, but it's a damn shame. At least you can take home a veritable truckload of bottles if you so choose.

But what really gets my goat is that there is no prepared food, which is probably another reason why there is so little beer. This place is just ripe for a restaurant. I mean, how could it not be?! It makes absolutely no sense to me. We just wrapped up a 10-hour road trip and figured there'd be some good options inside, and weren't really feeling like opening any of the road trip snack food we brought along with us. Well, that's basically you're only option here, even if you buy what's in the gift shop. And if you buy cheese, I hope you have a knife on you because you're going to need it if you want something solid to go with your beer. Some of it is stellar, lovely and aged, so, if you don't have a knife, I feel sorry for you because some of those cheeses go quite well with a Wisconsin Belgian Red!

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Photo of Eman17
4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of REVZEB
4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of zkoehn
3.95/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of bshemansky
4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.4/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

The quality of their beers aside (they make VERY good quality beer!) you're going to either love or really not like visiting New Glarus. It's like a castle funpark that makes and serves really good beer. It was built to resemble a Swiss castle and they've done a good job... but it just feels too much like a theme park. I didn't like it.
There is a gift shop, bottle depot, and a multilevel landscaped area out back with lots of tables and a beautiful view of the town of New Glarus. For $8 you get three 4oz samples of the 6 beers they have available. The service is friendly and efficient. I was there on a Saturday and it was pretty busy so I can only imagine how packed the place gets in the summer.
Come here for the beer (only available in Wisconsin!) but the vibe of the place may make you leave sooner than expected.

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Photo of DrJT
4.76/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great brewery and great place to enjoy some of the best beers Wisconsin has to offer. Take the self guided tour and enjoy a few beers outside. They have some fun events in the summer months too.

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Photo of 12ozfan
4.46/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Krusader
4.41/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Jeffsbowen
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DMox
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This spot is an awesome destination by itself, and makes a worthwhile day drive to visit. On a nice day, the outdoor beer garden is like beer drinking heaven. This sprawling dog friendly spot is just about as awesome as it comes. Most people rave about the Spotted Cow, which rides a wave of Wisconsin only exclusivity that gives it an almost mystical allure. Chicagoans have a history of buying cases on their way back home. My favorite is the Staghorn Oktoberfest, as it's a tasty representation of that style. Hop-heads like the Moon Man IPA for its hoppy yet complex taste; it's absolutely not just hopped up and bitter for the sake of being hopped up and bitter.

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Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Beautiful setting to enjoy a beer.

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New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, WI
Brewery rating: 4 out of 5 with 42,045 ratings